updated 10:32 AM EDT, Sep 19, 2018
  • On Wednesday 17th January, 89.7 Bay announced the launch of its new Making Malta Green & Clean campaign. This nationwide campaign aims to urge the population to take action to make Malta a cleaner and greener place.


    The main pillars of the MMGC campaign are: Littering; Dog Fouling; Recycling and; Waste Separation. Multiple efforts will be made throughout this campaign to increase awareness on these issues and encourage the population to make Malta Greener and Cleaner together.


    Research shows that tackling environmental crime such as street litter, fly tipping, dog fouling and graffiti is not just about enforcement. We also need to encourage and educate everyone to do the right thing and 'do their bit' to make Malta cleaner and greener, which is what MMGC will strive to achieve.


    At the press conference, Mr. Kevin DeCesare, Director of 89.7 Bay stated: “Making Malta Green and Clean will encourage people to love where they live - and to take pride in their street, town or village by keeping it clean and tidy. Our multi-media campaign will be heavily promoted on radio, in newspapers and online - urging residents, community groups, schools and businesses to take action to make their neighbourhoods cleaner and greener places to live and visit.”


    Owned and operated by Malta’s leading entertainment company, Eden Leisure Group and with the largest percentage of radio listeners on the island and almost 1,000,000 Facebook fans, 89.7 Bay has the reach to make a difference and clean up the Maltese environment. As part of this campaign, an informational website has been set up: www.mmgc.com.mt informing website visitors how they can make a difference and urging them to get involved.


    This campaign is organised with the support of: GSD Marketing Ltd; Cleansing Services Directorate; Ministry for Tourism; InterContinental Malta; Eden Leisure Group; Wasteserv; Ministry for the Environment, Sustainable Development & Climate Change; KSU.

          


    Visit www.mmgc.com.mt to find out more on how to make Malta a greener and cleaner place.

     

  • On Wednesday 17th January, 89.7 Bay announced the launch of its new Making Malta Green & Clean campaign. This nationwide campaign aims to urge the population to take action to make Malta a cleaner and greener place.


    The main pillars of the MMGC campaign are: Littering; Dog Fouling; Recycling and; Waste Separation. Multiple efforts will be made throughout this campaign to increase awareness on these issues and encourage the population to make Malta Greener and Cleaner together.


    Research shows that tackling environmental crime such as street litter, fly tipping, dog fouling and graffiti is not just about enforcement. We also need to encourage and educate everyone to do the right thing and 'do their bit' to make Malta cleaner and greener, which is what MMGC will strive to achieve.


    At the press conference, Mr. Kevin DeCesare, Director of 89.7 Bay stated: “Making Malta Green and Clean will encourage people to love where they live - and to take pride in their street, town or village by keeping it clean and tidy. Our multi-media campaign will be heavily promoted on radio, in newspapers and online - urging residents, community groups, schools and businesses to take action to make their neighbourhoods cleaner and greener places to live and visit.”


    Owned and operated by Malta’s leading entertainment company, Eden Leisure Group and with the largest percentage of radio listeners on the island and almost 1,000,000 Facebook fans, 89.7 Bay has the reach to make a difference and clean up the Maltese environment. As part of this campaign, an informational website has been set up: www.mmgc.com.mt informing website visitors how they can make a difference and urging them to get involved.


    This campaign is organised with the support of: GSD Marketing Ltd; Cleansing Services Directorate; Ministry for Tourism; InterContinental Malta; Eden Leisure Group; Wasteserv; Ministry for the Environment, Sustainable Development & Climate Change; KSU.

          


    Visit www.mmgc.com.mt to find out more on how to make Malta a greener and cleaner place.

     


  • The Eden Leisure Group, guarantor of Eden Finance plc, proudly received the award for the 2017 Malta Stock Exchange (MSE) Company of the Year.

    The award was presented on Tuesday 14th November at the MSE annual Awards Dinner recognising outstanding performance by selected stakeholders. Mr Joseph Portelli, Chairman of the Malta Stock Exchange, called on Mr Ian De Cesare, Chairman of Eden Finance plc and the Eden Leisure Group, to accept the award from Minister of Finance, Professor Edward Scicluna, saying that the Group had achieved amazing double digit increases in revenue and EBIDTA over the previous year.

    The Company of the Year Award is in recognition of the Eden Leisure Group’s financial growth and corporate governance for 2017.

    In his speech, Mr Ian De Cesare accepted the prestigious award on behalf of the hundreds of women and men who make up the Eden Leisure Group, the guarantor of Eden Finance plc. He acknowledged the group’s strong Financials with a double digit increase in revenue and EBITDA in the last few years.

    In his acceptance address, he talked about transparency and corporate governance now practiced by ELG; the introduction of non executive, independent and female board members. Mr De Cesare also acknowledged the constant close relationship with the Institutions, banks and stockbrokers, holding annual meetings presenting Eden’s financials in depth.

    In his address, he talked about the recent creation of 54 luxury suites at the InterContinental Malta, the launch of Casino Malta, and last month the official opening of the Holiday Inn Express. Mr. De Cesare saluted the MSE for the service they provide to the business community on our island.

    He closed his address by recalling his parents Cettina and Maurice De Cesare who started the business 50 years ago with their hotel, the Eden Rock, at Ghar-id- Dud, Sliema showing how a small business can grow from its humble beginnings with hard work and determination and dedicated the Award to their memory.

                                           

     

  • Eden Leisure Group has appointed Carina Azzopardi as the company’s new Human Resources Manager. Ms Azzopardi is a seasoned professional with over 13 years of experience in management and business administration. She is also an Executive MBA graduate which she obtained with distinction. Ms Azzopardi joins the company from her last role as HR Manager for another local Group of Companies, following other senior HR and commercial management roles with various organisations both in Malta and abroad.


    Ms Azzopardi said, “I am excited to join one of Malta’s leading hospitality and entertainment organizations and am looking forward to this new challenge and to contribute positively to the overall success of the company.”


    Simon De Cesare, Chief Executive Officer of Eden Leisure Group added: “We are glad to welcome Carina to the Eden Leisure Group family. Her appointment is one of many exciting developments following a company-wide restructuring earlier this year and we are confident that she will be instrumental in building a comprehensive HR strategy while continuously strengthening the company’s human capital.”


    About the Eden Leisure Group:
    The Eden Leisure Group Malta is renowned for setting the standards as well as revolutionizing the hospitality and entertainment sectors in Malta. With experience in the industry for over five decades, Eden Leisure Group continues to build an illustrious portfolio through exciting and innovative projects. Businesses that fall under the Eden Leisure Group umbrella include, Eden SuperBowl, 89.7 Bay, Eden Cinemas, Cynergi Health & Fitness Club, InterContinental Malta, Holiday Inn Express, Casino Malta by Olympic Casino and Quickfire.

  • In a two-fold bid to offer great cinematic content and also to continue in their commitment to help the environment, the Eden Leisure Group organized a free screening of the film: The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine at the Eden Cinemas. Viewers were not charged for their ticket, instead they were asked for a donation where all proceeds would go to Nature Trust. The event was a success and €720 was raised. All proceeds will be going towards building public awareness and protecting the recently laid turtle nest at Gnejna Bay.

    Eden Leisure Group’s Director of Operations, Kate De Cesare said: “We are committed to being leaders in our field, both in terms of the services we offer but also in our commitment to doing our part for the environment. This we do by way of creating awareness and also greener practices within the company. By teaming up with Nature Trust on this latest initiative, we hope to have been able to contribute to building of public awareness of the conservation requirements needed for turtles to be able to flourish in our waters undisturbed.”

    Vincent Attard, Executive President/CEO of Nature Trust said: “On behalf of Nature Trust I would like to thank Eden Leisure Group for this fantastic initiative and the funds they raised. This has come at the right time when our NGO is planning a major project related to the Wildlife Rehab centre where we are already saving and rehabilitating injured wildlife. In the past, Eden Leisure Group have helped our organisation in marine rescue, therefore we owe them a big thanks for choosing us for their new initiative yet again.

    Turtles are an endangered species on an international level and face a wide variety of problems including pollution, marine litter, climate change and boat hits. Nature Trust rescues around 50 turtles a year found injured or sick in the Maltese waters and each turtle rehabilitation costs the NGO an average of €600-€1000. It is for these reasons that Eden Leisure Group has opted to partner with Nature Trust.

  • As part of the corporate partnership, staff from Eden Leisure Group were invited for a few rounds of golf at the Royal Malta Golf Club in Marsa. The event proved to be a fantastic team-building exercise, with each member of staff showing their great, or rather lack of, golfing skills in a fun-filled environment and which will surely continue to be remembered by all those present.


    The session started off with coach Henning giving the staff information regarding the sport as a whole and how the game works. Following this, staff were introduced to, and were able to practice, a variety of golf shots and techniques including putting, short range shots, long range shots, and chipping. Mr Henning made the whole experience really worthwhile with his great personality, funny jokes, and constant patience with our beginners. After the golf session, staff were treated to drinks at the Royal Malta Golf Club where both proud and defeated employees reflected on their experience with large smiles and laughs all around.


    “Our employees are the foundation of our company so we consider teamwork and team building activities to be of fundamental importance. It is always a pleasure watching the staff interact in fun out-of-work environments and I know that they will be bring this energy and enthusiasm back to workplace and create a more close-knit and stimulating environment. On behalf of Eden Leisure Group, I would like to express our wholehearted thanks to the Royal Malta Golf Club for their invitation.” said Simon De Cesare, CEO of Eden Leisure Group.

  • As part of the corporate partnership, staff from Eden Leisure Group were invited for a few rounds of golf at the Royal Malta Golf Club in Marsa. The event proved to be a fantastic team-building exercise, with each member of staff showing their great, or rather lack of, golfing skills in a fun-filled environment and which will surely continue to be remembered by all those present.


    The session started off with coach Henning giving the staff information regarding the sport as a whole and how the game works. Following this, staff were introduced to, and were able to practice, a variety of golf shots and techniques including putting, short range shots, long range shots, and chipping. Mr Henning made the whole experience really worthwhile with his great personality, funny jokes, and constant patience with our beginners. After the golf session, staff were treated to drinks at the Royal Malta Golf Club where both proud and defeated employees reflected on their experience with large smiles and laughs all around.


    “Our employees are the foundation of our company so we consider teamwork and team building activities to be of fundamental importance. It is always a pleasure watching the staff interact in fun out-of-work environments and I know that they will be bring this energy and enthusiasm back to workplace and create a more close-knit and stimulating environment. On behalf of Eden Leisure Group, I would like to express our wholehearted thanks to the Royal Malta Golf Club for their invitation.” said Simon De Cesare, CEO of Eden Leisure Group.

  • In keeping with its ongoing initiatives to adopt greener practices throughout the company, Eden Leisure Group’s latest strategy has been to invest in transparent bins & paper collectors to be used all throughout the organisation’s premises. These units aim to encourage greater recycling tendencies amongst all patrons and staff within the company.

    The specially designed bodies of the bins ensure that all units are being used correctly. This design allows for the maximum level of recyclability for each and every unit. The company recommends the use of these bins to all persons that encounter them and not just employees.

    “We are delighted to continue in our quest towards maintaining our reputation as a company which has the environment at heart. Here at Eden Leisure Group we have invested in several nationwide campaigns promoting awareness and encouraging people all over Malta to Gozo to be as eco-friendly as possible, so it is very important to us to know that we, our employees and customers can also do their part for our environment” says Kate DeCesare, Director of Operations at Eden Leisure Group.

    Staff throughout the company are also being heavily encouraged to both reduce and reuse paper with all offices having recently been fitted with recyclable paper collectors. Manufactured from 100% recycled material, these compact, personal, desktop units are durable, waterproof and reusable to ensure that they can cut down on waste for many years to come. They also serve the purpose of encouraging the collection of recyclables for disposal in larger bins while replacing other individual waste bins. The paper collectors can also be found throughout the companies own business channels including Eden Cinemas, Eden Superbowl, 89.7 Bay and Cynergi Health & Fitness Club.

    “We hope that other companies will also hop onto the bandwagon and make it their mission to make Malta greener and cleaner too - one paper or plastic bottle at a time” Kate DeCesare concluded.

  • The Holiday Inn Express, was officially inaugurated by the Honourable Prime Minister, Dr Joseph Muscat, on Monday October 23rd in St Julians.

    This hotel is the latest addition to the Eden Leisure Group portfolio. Over the past 50 years, the Group has come to be known for revolutionising the entertainment and leisure industry. It currently operates Eden Cinemas, Eden SuperBowl, Cynergi Health and Fitness Club, 89.7 Bay Radio, The InterContinental Malta, The IACC (InterContinental Arena Conference Centre) and Casino Malta, with the ‘Holiday Inn Express’ as the latest addition.


    On the night of the inauguration, Mr Ian De Cesare, Chairman of the Eden Leisure Group, addressed the guests promising “a fantastic welcome in the new high quality Generation 4 Holiday Inn Express, a great night’s sleep, contemporary lounge with an extensive breakfast, all at a reasonable rate”.


    Comprised of 118 rooms and centrally located in St George’s Bay (next door to The InterContinental Malta), the Holiday Inn Express is superbly finished with IHG’s Generation 4 public areas and bedrooms, each including desks and LCD TVs, blackout shades and a pillow menu, power showers and a delicious buffet breakfast included in the room rate. The bright Express Café & Bar serves snacks and light meals all day.


    Two minutes’ walk from the hotel, guests can access St. George’s Bay beach, the nearby Bay Street Shopping Complex, Casino Malta, a cinema multiplex and bowling centre. The hotel’s 8th floor smart lobby lounge and terrace overlooking the bay, is ideal for informal meetings and relaxation.

     

  • Ian De Cesare, Eden Leisure Group’s co-founder and chairman, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for services to Tourism in Malta by the Mediterranean Tourism Foundation at their annual International gala Concert and Awards ceremony held at the Mediterranean Conference centre held in early March.

    The Lifetime Achievement Award is conferred to recognize a lifetime achievement of individuals with visionary leadership and significant contribution throughout the nominee’s careers as an inspirational role model for the development of Mediterranean travel and tourism at a national, regional and international level.

    Ian De Cesare is a Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality. He held the position of President of the Malta Hotels and Restaurant Association from 1986 to 1989. He was board member of the NTOM/MTA and the Institute for Tourism Studies boards for a number of years and since 2001, he has acted as chairman of the Eden Leisure group.

    ‘Having recently retired from my executive role after 48 years in the hospitality industry, I am seriously honoured and privileged to have received this amazing recognition from my peers. I have always believed in leading by example and I have been fortunate to be part of our industry’s growth from its inception in the 60s from a cottage industry to the global business it is today. I encourage our young people to choose a career in hospitality; it is not easy but I cannot think of any job more rewarding than ours.’

  • Ian De Cesare, Eden Leisure Group’s co-founder and chairman, was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for services to Tourism in Malta by the Mediterranean Tourism Foundation at their annual International gala Concert and Awards ceremony held at the Mediterranean Conference centre held in early March.

    The Lifetime Achievement Award is conferred to recognize a lifetime achievement of individuals with visionary leadership and significant contribution throughout the nominee’s careers as an inspirational role model for the development of Mediterranean travel and tourism at a national, regional and international level.

    Ian De Cesare is a Fellow of the Institute of Hospitality. He held the position of President of the Malta Hotels and Restaurant Association from 1986 to 1989. He was board member of the NTOM/MTA and the Institute for Tourism Studies boards for a number of years and since 2001, he has acted as chairman of the Eden Leisure group.

    ‘Having recently retired from my executive role after 48 years in the hospitality industry, I am seriously honoured and privileged to have received this amazing recognition from my peers. I have always believed in leading by example and I have been fortunate to be part of our industry’s growth from its inception in the 60s from a cottage industry to the global business it is today. I encourage our young people to choose a career in hospitality; it is not easy but I cannot think of any job more rewarding than ours.’

  • As part of Eden Leisure Group’s ongoing efforts to contribute towards a greener and more environmentally friendly society, Eden Cinemas will be screening of The Beatles’ Yellow Submarine on Sunday 8th and Saturday 14th July in aid of the NGO, Nature Trust. Persons attending either of these screenings will not be charged for their ticket but instead will be asked for a 5 euro donation where all proceeds will go towards building public awareness and protecting the recently laid turtle nest at Gnejna Bay.

    Vincent Attard, Executive President/CEO of Nature Trust said: “This initiative by Eden Leisure Group is to be commended. It also comes at the right time when our NGO is planning a major project related to the Wildlife Rehab centre where we are already saving and rehabilitating injured wildlife. Thanks to this joint venture NT-FEE Malta will be able to invest more in these campaigns to increase public awareness. In the past, Eden Leisure Group have helped our organisation in Marine rescue, therefore we owe them a big thanks for choosing us for their new initiative yet again. We encourage people to enjoy this great film and at the same time help the natural environment of our islands.”

    Eden Leisure Group’s Director of Operations, Kate De Cesare said: “It is our continued mission to help support and improve the environment and have adopted several initiatives in the past months, both within the company and via national campaigns, to do so. By teaming up with Nature Trust, we hope to contribute to building of public awareness of the conservation requirements needed for Turtles to be able to flourish in our waters undisturbed.”

    Turtles are an endangered species on an international level and face a wide variety of problems including pollution, marine litter, climate change and boat hits. Nature Trust rescues around 50 turtles a year found injured or sick in the Maltese waters and each turtle rehabilitation costs the NGO an average of 600 to 1000 euros. It is for these reasons that Eden Leisure Group has opted to partner with Nature Trust.

    Directed by George Dunning and back for its 50th anniversary since the original release, Yellow Submarine sees The Beatles agree to accompany Captain Fred in his Yellow Submarine and go to Pepperland to free it from the music hating Blue Meanies. The original film received widespread critical acclaim from both critics and audiences with Time Magazine reporting that it “turned into a smash hit, delighting adolescents and aesthetes alike.”

    Visit www.edencinemas.com.mt for more information about the free screenings of Yellow Submarine.

  • The Eden Leisure Group Gift Vouchers are a ticket to a world of fun, games, health and fitness! It is redeemable at Cynergi Health and Fitness Club, Eden SuperBowl and Eden Cinemas making it the perfect gift for everyone and anyone.

    So, whether you’re looking to buy a present for your gran, your dad, you aunt, your boss or your kid, the ELG gift voucher has got you covered.


    The vouchers are redeemable on cinema tickets, snacks and drinks at Eden Cinemas, merchandise, memberships, Personal Training, classes and day passes at Cynergi and bowling games and bar items at Eden SuperBowl.


    Gift vouchers may be purchased from Cynergi Health and Fitness Club, Eden SuperBowl and Eden Cinemas.

  • The restoration by Din l-Art Helwa of the 18C positivo organ of the Our Lady of Victories Church in Valletta gathers final momentum on the organ balcony of the church as restorer Robert Buhagiar assembles its parts in readiness for the inaugural concert that is to take place on the 5th December within the cadre of the Malta International Organ Festival. The restoration has been made possible with the support of the Eden Leisure Group who have been passionate about returning the instrument to the church so its voice can be enjoyed once more by the public. 

    The historic instrument is made up of 271 pipes and it disappeared from the public eye while being kept in storage for safe keeping by the Valletta Regeneration Committee when this had been organising the early restoration of the church of Our Lady of Victories. Brought back to the church when it was entrusted in guardianship to Din l-Art Helwa by the Government of Malta in November 2011, the organ is a simple one-manual instrument rare in Malta today. When played it still projects the original timbre and pitch intended for it in the 18 th century. Its own original antique carved wooden cabinet was also discovered in the church by Din l-Art Helwa together with its ‘finto’ pair, and painstaking restoration of both revealed original gilt and paint in the Sicilian decorative style below layers of grey overcoat.


    Organist Hugo Agius Muscat who has personally followed the history of this organ for several decades will play the organ during the inaugural recital, accompanied in parts by baritone Joseph Lia. The musical programme, chosen specially for an organ of this pitch and age by Dr Muscat will contain excerpts from Corelli, Bach, Zipoli, Durante, Oxinagas, Caccini, and Maltese composers Grech, Galea, and Azoppardi.


    Simone Mizzi, former President of Din l-Art Helwa who leads the Victory Church project for the organisation, said ‘It is so fortunate for the church that the organ has remained almost intact all these years, as such instruments are subject to much swopping and altering of parts. Its restoration by Robert has been a labour of love made possible by the Eden Leisure Group. Din l-Art Helwa is very grateful to them for their belief in this project and we are most excited that it is going to be played once more in the very place for which it was intended and within its own 18c gilt decorated cabinet’.
    Kate de Cesare, PR & Marketing director at Eden Leisure Group said ‘we are thrilled to have been able to support such a worthy cause and to have closely followed the transformation from salvaged wreckage to the beautifully restored instrument it has become once more. As major contributors to the entertainment industry today, we feel it fitting to have been involved in the restoration of an instrument that inspired and uplifted so many in the past.’

                           
    CAPTION: Kate De Cesare, director at the Eden Leisure Group, Simone Mizzi, former President of Din l-Art Helwa with Robert Buhagiar, organ restorer.

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